Development Officer

Would you like to be part of a team dedicated to supporting Indigenous Peoples and local communities? Are you eager to contribute to strategies that support climate mitigation, lower deforestation, promote gender equality and help solve long lasting land conflict? Yes? Then you are in the right place.

Overview of the position

The Development Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer of the Tenure Facility. She/he will support the Development Unit in implementing its strategy and workplan with a focus on fundraising and related key results, enabling the Tenure Facility to realize its strategy funding targets.

She/he will support the Senior Development Officer in liaising with counterparts among partners, existing and potential donors, other funding mechanisms, think tanks and sector specialists to keep the mission of the Tenure Facility visible.  She/he will support donor relations outreach and will have a key role in developing donor reports and other resources. As part of the Development Unit, she/he will collaborate with TF colleagues throughout the organization to develop content in support of fundraising and donor relations.


The Position

Overarching responsibilities

  • Contribute to establishing the Tenure Facility as a highly credible and respected foundation among international development institutions and donors
  • Generate mutual trust and respect of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their cultures, with full awareness of the intricacies of relationships among them and their allies and supporters
  • Contribute to a collaborative and resilient internal working culture for sustained progress on the Tenure Facility’s strategic goals and objectives

Specific responsibilities


  • Participate in developing and implementing the Unit’s strategy to support the Tenure Facility’s funding goal
  • Support the implementation of the Tenure Facility strategy focusing on development communications, in line with the workplan of the Development Unit
  • Stay up to date on donor requirements and the Tenure Facility strategic priorities to support the process of allocating funding, optimizing both.
  • Conduct desktop research and follow diverse social media to follow trends in funding for the sectors of Indigenous Peoples and local communities rights.
  • Assist in developing presentations, project summaries and other resources to ensure Tenure Facility representatives have the information needed to meet with donors and other stakeholders.
  • Work with the Development unit in liaising with the counterparts of existing and potential donors to discuss issues around funding. Work across Tenure Facility units to position the Tenure Facility to engage with new donor


Donor relations

  • Ensure timely reporting and information sharing with existing and potential donors. Position the Tenure Facility to attract funding in line with its fundraising strategy.
  • Meet regularly with Programmes and Finance units to inform reporting and information sharing
  • Participate in all reporting processes. Draft, review and edit reports and other documents as well as donor requests for information. Draft resource material for new donors. Work with Senior Development Officer and Head of Unit to provide timely and high quality reporting and other information to donors/potential donors
  • Work with Development Unit team to develop innovative tools support donor relations
  • Work with Development Unit team members to perform donor relations tasks and deliver key results as outlined in the annual workplan
  • Capture and synthesize impacts of Tenure Facility support at the country level for discussions at wider donor networks and partners, to enable the TF to showcase results, opportunities, and lessons learned.
  • Analyze and use the Tenure Facility partners’ stories, successes, challenges and lessons learned, including audiovisuals, photographs, etc for the regular donor conversations, annual reports, and learning exchange.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience

  • You most likely hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, Public relations, Communications, or another relevant field.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in institutional development, philanthropy, fundraising and donors’ relations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, the working language of the Tenure Facility’s.
  • Excellent skills in working with MS Office
  • Knowledge and experience from working with social media.
  • Additional qualities include among others, having worked in the field with IP and LC, a good communicator, a team player, multilingual (French, Spanish, etc.)


Preferred characteristics

You have a genuine interest in the civil society sector and thrive in a multi-cultural environment. As a person you are ambitious and enjoy learning and working independently as well as in teams. You like to take initiatives and are able to drive processes and improvements independently. You are also an excellent co-worker and responsive to the needs of project partners.

About The Tenure Facility

Indigenous peoples and local communities live in more than half of the world´s land area yet they legally own less than 10% of their territories. Securing their land and forest rights enables them to have the cultural and economic independence to thrive and continue to protect systems vital to our global climate, fresh water, and food security. The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (Tenure Facility) offers grants and technical expertise at the speed and scale required to secure tenure and sustainably manage millions of hectares at risk today. The Tenure Facility works directly with the Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their allies’ ensuring laws on community rights are translated into rights recognition on the ground. It supports them to achieve formal legal recognition of their land and forest rights on maps, in laws, and in the plans and operations of governments and private investors. It works strategically with local, national, and international stakeholders to foster community-level partnership and joint action with governments and the private sector.

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility is an organization based in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Tenure Facility has secured multi-year funding and the Secretariat, with around 25 staff, is therefore looking forward to adding a Development Officer.

Terms of employment

The position refers to full-time permanent positions with six months’ probation period. Starting date as agreed. Salary by agreement.

How to apply 

Send your application; presentation letter and your CV via e-mail to latest April 12, 2023. Please mark the application Development Officer

For further information kindly contact us at the email address above.

The Tenure Facility promotes a balanced, diverse workforce, a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance.

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